In conversation with researcher Jon Waind, UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt clears up misconceptions about the links between religion and violence and why fostering understanding is even more complex than we imagined.
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
Heiner Bielefeldt assumed his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief on Aug. 1, 2010. He is Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. From 2003 to 2009, he was Director of Germany’s National Human Rights Institution. Mr. Bielefeldt’s research interests include various interdisciplinary facets of human rights theory and practice, with a focus on freedom of religion or belief.